Wow! First of all, let me say sorry for not "planning ahead". I waited until about 15 minutes before the debate to print out my "rubric" and found that I was out of ink:-(. Not to worry though because I just grabbed my handy dandy notebook and pulled up the PDF on the laptop. After saving the day...I soon found that I wouldn't need it after all.
Frank and Bob are two "Pop-Warner" Little League Football coaches. They've both made it to the championship game and have been preparing all week. This is only Franks second year as a coach but he's found his niche and his team is undefeated. Bob's been a coach for 10 years. He's decided to work out a "secret weapon" because he feels that his team only made it to the championship game because the last two teams they played had to forfeit due to injury and angry parent involvement. It's the day of the game and when Bob yells the secret word..."FAKE-OUT!"...his entire team starts to play by the internationally accepted rules of rugby! There is such chaos that the referees call the game off and disqualify Bob's team for not adhering to the rules.
Sarah Palin didn't play by the rules...she made up her own. What a Maverick! I'm watch this thing and don't even know what to do. I'm waiting for Gwen Ifill to "referee" and take control. She, however, found herself under extreme pressure to be "fair" and not appear to "badger the witness" because of her yet released book. I watch the entire debacle and then I got a phone call from someone asking me what I thought of the debate. My first thought was..."what debate?" but I didn't say that because I wanted to know what the person calling thought and I didn't want to "poison the well" with my impression. She told that she thought Palin did well. She said that she was very personable and didn't have any major gaffes. I instantly thought to myself that I MUST be talking to a person that obviously didn't read "Debate Watching for Dummies." She did, however, give me her honest opinion and even though she thought Biden "won" the debate, she thought that Palin did well. Of course, she felt differently after talking to me and hearing what I thought.
What did most of us think was going to happen? Did we think she was going to do as badly in this debate as she's been doing with Katie Couric? Did we think we'd get our SNL moment early this week? Did we think that she would leave the stage in tears after Biden ripped her to pieces? If that's what you "thought" was going to happen then, she did do well...or maybe I should say she did much better than expected. If you thought she was going to answer the questions that Gwen Ifill asked and give us all a chance to see "how she thinks" on the fly and under pressure...she was F.U.B.A.R.!
Now I'm not one for beating a dead horse. I've been surfing through the "bloggisphere" and reading many opinions of several people that feel that this was a "joke" of a debate. It feels good to know that many of us can't see "the emperor's new clothes". I do, however, have a suggestion that I'll be sending in to the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Debate Suggestion for Future Debates...
I think that there should be at least one question that the candidate themselves get to pose to their opponent. And also have a chance to ask a follow up to this question. I think there should be a "team of pundits" to score the response right there at the debate. If this question is asked first, then the pundits will have the rest of the 90 minutes to mull over the responses and have their verdicts by debate's end and share them with the public. This way, right there on the spot, a candidate would be "called out" and hopefully somewhat embarrassed for not answering a question or answering a question wrong because the responses could also be "fact checked" during this time. The type of question asked would also say something about the candidate. For example, if Palin had asked Biden how he feels about "hockey mom's getting a special tax credit for buying pucks" we'd all feel a certain way about Palin for asking a question like that, wouldn't we? Just a suggestion. If you see something like this used in future debates, know you heard it here first! lol!
Thanks to Natalie for emailing in your rubric and notes;-) You'll find mine and hers below.
Thedlitical's VP Debate Rubric...